WATCH SHELDON’S NETROOTS NATION PANEL: CITIZENS UNITED, SUPER PACS AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRACY


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The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to massive amounts of anonymous corporate spending in our elections and allowed Super PACs to spend millions on campaign ads with no accountability. In the Republican presidential primary, we’ve seen Super PACs acting as shadow arms of the candidates’ campaigns. This new doctrine of “corporate speech rights” threatens to drown out the voices of the American people. Organized by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Center for American Progress Action Fund, this panel will examine the far-reaching impact of Citizens United and discuss how legislators, activists, bloggers and stakeholders can help restore sanity to our elections

Moderator: Tom Perriello, President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and former U.S. representative

Speakers:

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Trevor Potter, Former FEC Charirman and Colbert Super PAC Attorney

Becky Bond, President of the CREDO SuperPAC and the Political Director of CREDO Mobile

Full bios and a recap of the conversation can be found here.

How do you think unlimited, anonymous political spending unleashed by Citizens United affects our democracy?

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